Let me tell you about this guy named Isaac Avilucea that writes for the New Mexico Daily Lobo. He’s one of these guys that loves to write uninformed articles about MMA and I’m the idiot that loves to read them. We have a symbiotic relationship like those little birds that follow elephants around just to eat their dung. I hate that I’m giving this guy more press than he probably received on the ‘Daily Lobo’, but whenever someone calls UFC fighters ‘Dana White’s gravy train of mashed-up potato heads’, then that…that just makes me hungry. Check out this excerpt of Avilucea’s reactionary article after seeing UFC 114 while I open my empty fridge in anticipation that something new is in it.
Far too reliant on capitalizing off America’s obsessive lust for savagery, UFC is a full-blown blood sport, just like dog fighting, which isn’t accepted in the mainstream and is instead relegated to the underground.
Not only that, but much like the X-Games, UFC has a death wish. It feeds the fascination known as sports extremism — the idea that something is largely dependent on the glorification of violence. Many critics have made the same argument about boxing, but UFC makes a concerted effort to push the envelope by shaving padding off gloves and allowing tactics not seen outside of a street fight.
In short, America’s growing obsession with UFC mirrors its fixation with reality TV. Lost to the viewers, though, is the innate fabrication present in reality TV. Same goes for UFC. That’s why I’m going to stick to boxing.
As much as Don King ushered in a new era in boxing, one of glamorization and bloated personas, the sport will always have Muhammad Ali as a figurehead. That’s more than UFC can say. Instead it has to rely on the likes of Jackson and Lesnar, a knock-off and far-less entertaining Hulk Hogan, to convince us that UFC is really primetime.
Don’t you hate it when you open your fridge and stand in front of it, scanning every possible cabinet for anything besides half-bottles of aging condiments? That’s congruent to Issac Avilucea’s uninformed article on UFC and MMA. I read the entire thing, scanned it for any coherent content but I could find nothing. Just an article filled with bottles of emotional condiments that, of course, need to be thrown in the trash. [Source]